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Covid-19: Police arrest 28 for defying restrictions; compliance improving

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PUTRAJAYA — March 24, 2020: Police have arrested 28 people for defying the movement control order (MCO), with 695 investigation papers opened and 46 cases under investigation.

The special committee looking into non-health related matters pertaining to Covid-19 was also told by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission that six persons are facing charges in court over the spread of fake news.

“We have warned the public that the police will go from advising them to stay at home to taking action against those who do not.

“Our advice is for the public to comply with the MCO to avoid action and arrest,” said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who is overseeing issues relating to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Till the sixth day of the 14-day MCO yesterday, the authorities had recorded a 95% compliance rate.

The trend now is that people who had left the cities at the outset of MCO to their hometowns were expected to make their way back but this cannot be done, said Ismail.

“As what we have advised the public, they need to stay put at home. Those who have left for their hometowns cannot come back yet.”

Checks are being made at 23 toll plazas to prevent people from returning to the cities.

Security personnel will also be asked to help control the crowd at banks and ATMs as they are expected to withdraw their salary, with customers to be asked to maintain social distancing.

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